Kerry Lathan was recently released from prison but might have to return for violating the terms of his release, with police accusing him of associating with Nipsey Hussle, who they describe as a “known gang member.”
After reports that Kerry Lathan, one of the men shot in the attack against Nipsey Hussle, might return to prison after being released recently surfaced, Lathan has spoken not only on his current situation but the shooting that resulted in Hussle’s death as well.
In a new interview with VladTV, Lathan discussed how he ended up at Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store the day Hussle was shot, while also clarifying his relationship to the late Los Angeles rapper. Lathan said he didn’t know Hussle well, having only taken a couple of pictures with the artist when he was released from prison last year. He was convicted of murder in 1994 and sentenced to 25 to life. After serving more than 24 years in prison he was released in 2018.
As for Hussle giving Lathan clothes, he explained that that did happen, but months after he was already out of prison.
“Nipsey heard that I was home and filled up my little sister’s backseat of her car with clothing for me…I was out seven months before this happened,” Lathan said.
Where initial reports claimed that Hussle was at his Marathon store to get clothing for Lathan, Lathan said that he had gone to the store after his nephew, Shermi Villanueva, told him to go there and get a shirt. Villanueva was also shot but avoided serious injury since the bullet hit his belt buckle.
“When I go in there, they didn’t have the white [shirts] that I wanted,” he said. “I said, ‘When y’all gon’ get that in again?’ He said, ‘Well, there go Nipsey in the lot. Go talk to him.’ And I talked to him. He said, ‘That’ll be about a week, bro.’ I said, ‘OK.’ And when I said it, it was all bad.”
“The gunman turned around the car and shot me, then shot Nipsey, and then shot my nephew. I didn’t know what was going on…I fell on my stomach. All I could see was people’s feet. I couldn’t see nothing else. I said so they got it wrong if they talking about me being an eyewitness,” Lathan continued. “What was I supposed to do? When I see a gun, I turn around and run. I don’t stop and take a selfie of the gunman…It all happened in less than three minutes.”
While in the hospital recovering from his injuries — Lathan is currently in a wheelchair after he got hit close to his spine — he said he was visited by multiple parole officers who ultimately told him he violated his parole for coming into contact with a known gang member — Hussle.
“I said, ‘Man, I didn’t come into contact with nobody. I was visiting some people, going to pay respects to a person’s father who just passed away.’ My buddy Ronnie, his father just died that Sunday. So, that’s all I was doing,” Lathan said. “And I was just gonna change my shirt so I could look presentable in front of they people. That’s it. And when I stopped over there with Nip, I got shot.”
Lathan, who is currently in jail, is waiting for an official decision for his alleged parole violation. Authorities may try to revoke his parole and send him back to prison.